Elizabeth Sthreshley

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Elizabeth Sthreshley was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I could not find when she was born but what I can tell you is the family moved to Texas. She graduated from Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1886. After graduation, she worked for the literary department of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In 1894, she married George quitting her job working for her husband’s photography studio.

After George died she worked at the Trobett Sanatorium until she died in 1919 age unknown.

What you may not know about Elizabeth Sthreshley Townsend is that in 1889 she received a patent for the first ever Braille typewriter. In 1892, she received the patent on a slate so the students could read it.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray where would be today had the typewriter not been invented???  we wouldn't be hammering away at a keyboard online...

Sep 16, 2018 03:53 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

No doubt, James, that this was a very important invention. Having recently worked with two legally blind clients I have a whole other appreciation for what sight impaired people have to go through.

Sep 16, 2018 04:20 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Elizabeth did a great thing and had to be one dedicated woman. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.

Sep 16, 2018 04:59 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

An important invention for sure! Look where it lead to the keyboards for our computers! Fascinating to see the evolution.

Sep 16, 2018 05:02 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

WOW What a tremendous contribution to people who needed it most !

Sep 16, 2018 05:24 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an amazing invention and has definitely been beneficial for so many people!

Sep 16, 2018 06:38 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a fasinating and important read. Wonder what made her think of this.

Sep 16, 2018 08:17 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another great history lesson for us here in the rain.  Make it a great day.



Sep 16, 2018 08:22 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an amazing contribution Elizabeth made to the blind.  Wishing you a great week ahead. A

Sep 16, 2018 09:16 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- now that is a noteworthy contribution. When I did a practicum at the Children's Lighthouse for the Blind I spent some extra hours typing on that machine. 

Sep 16, 2018 11:21 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - This was an accomplishment that helped millions of people better communicate in the world. 

Sep 16, 2018 04:09 PM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

James Dray and what a wonderful invention that was!  Elizabeth Sthreshley impacted the lives of so many!

Sep 16, 2018 05:59 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a great and worthy invention that has helped a ton of people.

Sep 17, 2018 06:03 AM #13
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